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** FILE ** The sun rises March 8, 2012, over Mount Hood in Portland, Ore. The largest solar storm in five years has engulfed Earth, but scientists say the planet has lucked out so far. (Associated Press)

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This advertising poster was distributed at Marine Corps recruiting stations as part of a new Corps television, Web and print advertising campaign launched in March 2012. (Associated Press/U.S. Marine Corps)

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This extreme ultraviolet wavelength image provided by NASA shows a solar flare. (Associated Press/NASA)

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Photo courtesy of Aidan Design Nadia Subaran, senior designer and co-owner of Aidan Design in Bethesda, says homeowners are gravitating toward light, neutral colors in today's kitchens.

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Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller talks about the new iPad Wednesday in San Francisco. The device, which goes on sale next week, has new features but no distinguishing name. (Associated Press)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPad during an event in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The new model features a faster processor and a screen that's even sharper than a high-definition television's. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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This handout image provided by NASA shows a solar flare heading toward Earth. (Associated Press/NASA)

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Commenters on YouTube curse and declare young video creators "attention whores." This image shows a girl with a koala hat asking "Am I pretty or ugly?" The video has received more than 4 million views and in excess of 107,000 anonymous, often hateful responses.

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Technicians install solar panels to supply power to a health center and a fish hatchery in Boucan Carre, Haiti. The panels will also provide the town with dependable electricity for the first time. (Associated Press)

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People make their way down a dark street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, recently. Haitian President Michel Martelly's administration hopes to double the number of rural homes with access to power by helping villagers acquire solar-power systems. (Associated Press)

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An interactive guide features animated illustrations exploring the culture of Westeros in Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season for Blu-ray. (Courtesy HBO Home Video)

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Marine Corps Sgt. Brandon Morgan (right) greets his boyfriend with a passionate kiss at an on-base military-family homecoming. A friend photographed the embrace, which was posted on the "Gay Marine" Facebook page. (Courtesy of Facebook)

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**FILE** The Apple logo is seen Oct. 4, 2011, during an announcement at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. (Associated Press)

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Astronomy professor Daniel Caton stands next to a low-light video camera at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He hopes to use the cameras to capture a phenomenon known as the Brown Mountain Lights. (Associated Press)

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Mike Trang shows a warning message on the screen of his iPhone that he received from AT&T advising he was in danger of having his data speeds throttled. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Delaware Democrat, is disappointed with the new $77 million computer system to detect Medicare fraud before money is paid out. (Associated Press)

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Two radios in which bombs were hidden were found in a rented house in Bangkok, explosive-ordnance disposal officials said. A similar device went off accidentally, severing the legs of one of the terrorism suspects.

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Photo courtesy of Sandra Meyers Design Studio Sandra Meyers, owner of Sandra Meyers Design Studio, says to take scale and proportion into account when choosing furnishings. Taller nightstands can balance out the bed.

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Photo courtesy of Design Partners Nancy Colbert, president and owner of Design Partners, says the view outside the master bedroom window can have a big impact on the space.

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Among the sights and sounds of New York's Times Square, a new and provocative billboard stands out courtesy of the Media Research Center. The conservative watchdog expects 1.3 million onlookers to see its message during the next month. (Media Research Center)